Namaste Nepalese Air to fly on nine domestic routes
November 28 , 2012
Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has
issued Air Operator’s Certificate to Namaste Nepalese Air (NNA) to operate on domestic
The aviation sector regulator awarded the AOC
after completing the company’s technical evaluation, operating condition and
business plan, among others. With, the number of companies holding AOC to fly
on domestic routes has reached 18. However, only 10 of them are presently in
According to a senior official at Civil Aviation
Authority of Nepal (CAAN), the airline has permission to operate flights to
Kathmandu, Biratnagar, Bhadrapur, Nepalgunj, Dhangadi, Pokhara and Tumlingtar
from its base in Bhairahawa.
CAAN has stopped giving Kathmandu as base station
for airlines taking into consideration surface and air density at the Tribhuvan
International Airport (TIA).
Namaste Nepalese Air is promoted by a group of
investors led by Pokhara-based entrepreneur Raju KC. The airline is preparing to
acquire one 48-seater ATR-42 and two 72-seater ATR-72s on lease, according to
The officials said two other domestic carriers –
Blue Airways and Swift – are also making preparations to start commercial operations
As per the existing rules, airlines must get a
license from Ministry of Culture Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) before applying
for AOC from CAAN. The licensing condition seeks the airlines to start
operation within two years of receiving the license.